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Seedsmen and Dealers 




Area Code 609 ORiole 9-701 I 

In choosing sources for your tomato seed, 
your choice will favor growers who offer 
experience and superb seed stocks at 
costs which are commensurate with values 
received. We believe this folder will throw 
light on these essentials. 


Johnson & Stokes, our founders, entered the general 
seed bushiess in Philadelphia in 1881. Even in those early 
days, tomato was an important item. Earliana. still an 
important variety in the United States, was introduced 
by Johnson & Stokes in 1903. The original partnership 
was dissolved in 1906, each partner carrying on separately. 
Bonny Best Tomato was introduced by Walter P. Stokes 
in 1907. It was important for ten years. During the next 
56 years tomato has been a principal item. 


Our seed business was restricted to tomatoes only. 
Ours is one of the very few firms in this country that has 
specialized in a single vegetable. In 1898 the old firm listed 
38 varieties of tomato. In ,19Q2 we carry 10 varieties. These 
are carefully described in this folder. At the turn of the 
century, 5 tons per acre were considered a full crop. In 
1961 our growers produced over 20 tons per acre. 

We are, of course, aware that our 10 varieties do not 
cover the entire field, but as Tomato Specialists, we prefer 
to confine our breeding and growing projects. You are 
invited to inspect our plant at Vincentown, 20 miles from 
Philadelphia, and see the growing fields that surround us. 

We are taking a new approach to germination prob- 
lems. Ample tests will be made of all stocks. DuPont 
Ceresan M we have found to be the most effective for con- 
trolling bacteria and fungi and this will be applied on all 
contract seed unless you ask for untreated seed when the 
contract is signed. All seed will be given Agar Plate tests. 

The 50 lb. Bemis bag will be billed at cost. The hermeti- 
cally sealed cans will be supplied free if resale is made in 
these containers. The container has two important functions, 
(1) Identification of the seed source. (2) Maintenance of 
germination under ail weather conditions. 


VALIANT— 68 days. A Stokes introduction of 1987. Its 
use must be restricted to extra-early maturity. The foliage 
is not adequate for hot weather. Stock seed of this variety 
has been m.aintained by us for 25 years. Fruit sizes, 5 ozs. 

MARGLOBE — 77 days. This Master strain is one of 
the most perfectly formed tomatoes. Our company has taken 
an important part in maintaining the purity of this famous 
Fred Pritchard introduction over the past 35 years. The 
foliage of Marglobe is ample. The fruit size, 5% ozs. 

RUTGERS— 85 days. This excellent variety, developed 
and maintained by the late Professor L. G. Schermerhorn 
of Rutgers University, has been maintained for size and 
type purity since its introduction in 1936. Fruit size, 6V2 ozs. 

HOMESTEAD No. 24—85 days. We consider this to be 
the finest of the Homestead strains. It is highly Fusarium 
Wilt resistant which is one cause for its wide use from 
Florida to Texas. Fruit size, 6 ozs. 

No. 135 — 80 days. A Campbell Soup Company introduc- 
tion. This tomato is generally used by the canning industry 
in the east where it has many friends. Fruit size, 5 ozs. 

No. 146 — 85 days. A Campbell Soup Company introduc- 
tion that now takes a large proportion of the New Jersey 
acreage. This tomato is highly resistant to Fusarium Wilt. 
It is heavy bearing and is looked upon as one of the major 
introductions in the last five years. Fruit size, 6 ozs. 

ROMA — 85 days. We consider this to be one of the 
outstanding Italian type tomatoes. It is a very heavy pro- 
ducer and under proper conditions can be looked upon as a 
20 ton per acre variety. Average fruit size, 3 ozs. 

KILLE No. 7. This tomato was developed by Willard 
B. Kille who is now retired from the tomato business. It is 
an enormous producer of high quality fruit averaging 5 ozs. 

KILLE No. 18. This also was developed by Willard B. 
Kille and is perhaps the finest of his selections, 

STOKESCROSS No. 1—65 days. This F-> of the hybrid 
is recommended for the grower who profits from the extra 
early market. It is distinguished by a fabulous production 
of beautiful fruit. Its vine growth is restricted, but under 
normal summer temperatures, it affords the fruit sufficient 
coverage. Fruit sizes up well. Very solid. Will ship well. 
Has style. Fruit size 5V2 ozs. 

STOKESCROSS No. 5—77 days. This tomato, like 
Stokescross No, 1, was developed by Francis C. Stokes 
Company. Yields exceeding 25 tons per acre have been 
recorded for this distinguished F of the hybrid. It has a 
long harvest season. Its hybrid vigor stands out in its heavy 
production of highly flavored and highly colored fruit. In 
normal weather our two Stokescross varieties carry much 
of the crack free qualities (no tomato is completely crack 
free following a heavy rain). The interior of Stokescross 
No. 5 is extremely solid, a factor making it of great impor- 
tance as a canning tomato. It will stand up in the can far 
better than the conventional sorts. It is highly recommended 
for market or for processing. Fruit size, 6 ozs. 


VALIANT $5.00 per lb. 

MARGLOBE 5.00 per lb. 

RUTGERS 5.00 per lb. 

HOMESTEAD No. 24 (Cert.) . . 5.00 per lb. 

No. 135 (Cert.) 3.00 per lb. 

No. 146 (Cert.) 3.00 per lb. 

ROMA (Cert.) 4.00 per lb. 

KILLE No. 7 6.00 per lb. 

KILLE No. 18 6.00 per lb. 

STOKESCROSS No. 1 6.00 per lb. 

STOKESCROSS No. 5 6.00 per lb.